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Fly Fishing the Arkansas River Buena Vista, Colorado
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 Hook an Adventure!

Premier, full-service fly shop offering world-class guided fly fishing trips on the Arkansas River & high mountain lakes of Central Colorado

Fishing the Arkansas River

UpRiver Fly Fishing specializes in float and walk-wade trout fishing adventures based out of Buena Vista Colorado-  a short drive from Colorado Springs & Denver!  All of our excursions are suitable for beginners & experts alike.  


Expert guides, high quality equipment and an exceptional meal add to the exhilaration of landing beautiful browns, rainbows and cutthroat! 


World class float trips are offered on the Gold Medal headwaters of the Arkansas River including Brown's Canyon National Monument.   Our wade trips take place on the Dream Stream.  We also offer 4x4 adventures to several spectacular high mountain lakes in the Sawatch Mountain Range.  If you'd like a stillwater fishing experience, we do that too!  Transportation can be provided to and from your lodging in Chaffee County.


Stop in to our full service fly shop for fly fishing rentals, "hot flies" and the necessary equipment to get you out fishing the Arkansas.  Located in downtown Buena Vista, CO

About us
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UpRiver Fly Fishing is a Trout Unlimited Business Member. We are proud to give back to the resource we cherish and depend on.

About Us

You can't be unhappy in the middle of a big beautiful river - Jim Harrison

UpRiver Fly Fishing is family owned and operated by myself, Kayla and my husband Andrew.  Collectively we have over 30 years of experience among the rapids and eddies of the Arkansas River and Brown's Canyon National Monument.  We have a deep sense of gratitude for Colorado's wild places and we want to share that with our clients.  We strive for a fishing experience that cannot be replicated by other outfitters.




"My dad and I had an awesome time fly fishing with UpRiver on a mid November float trip. It was a beautiful day on the water catching fish! Our guide was very knowledgeable and helped us improve our technique by quite a lot even by the end of the 4 hour trip."


- Randi A.

UpRiver Fly Fishing is bonded, licensed and insured and is a registered outfitter with the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA)

UpRiver Fly Fishing is an equal opportunity provider and is operated under special use permit with the Pike San Isabel National Forest. 


Meet the Team!



  • Owner & head guide of UpRiver Fly Fishing 

  • Earned his Degree in Fisheries & Wildlife 

  • Grew up in Nebraska, fishing for anything and everything since he was 4

  • Was a State Parks River Ranger for 10 years

  • His beard has been called "Righteous" 

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Contact Us

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UpRiver Fly Fishing

Our Gold Medal Trout Fishery

In 2014, 102 miles of the Arkansas River were added to the list

of Gold Medal trout fisheries, the longest stretch of

trophy fly fishing water in the state of Colorado.

The Arkansas is a freestone river which boasts thriving populations of Brown Trout and  stocked populations of healthy Rainbow Trout.   Post run-off the Arkansas becomes one of the best hopper-dropper fisheries in the country.

Click here for up to date fishing reports and more information on the Arkansas River fishery.

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